She's made history...again.
American shooter Kim Rhode has won a record fourth-straight International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold medal, dominating the field in the women's skeet competition on Friday in Changwon, South Korea.
The feat has never been done before by a woman in the history of shooting sports, and Rhode is the first shotgun competitor, male or female, to win four golds in a row.
Rhode has now won all three 2019 world cups, and the September 2018 season finale competition in Tucson, Arizona. Already the most decorated Olympic shooter ever to compete for the United States, she's now adding her 24th career World Cup gold medal to her trophy case.
"It's like a flashback to the Rio podium," Rhode said from Korea in a report from USA Shooting. "I'm still in shock and can't believe I've been able to win four straight World Cup golds. With so much talent out there on the line, I still can't believe I am lucky enough to wear the Red, White and Blue, let alone win gold. Right now, I'm focused on making the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, so all the rest is just icing on the cake!"
That gives her 12 international medals, including 10 golds, since winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Rhode's qualifying and final rounds in Changwon combined to produce only six misses our of 185 targets.
She beat out Italy's Diana Bacosi and Chiara Cainero, who earned second and third places, as well as two available quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The U.S. had already clinched its two allotted spots for women's skeet in the 2020 Games.
The 40-year-old from El Monte, California started her dominance on the world shooting stage at the Atlanta Summer Olympics. She became the first American athlete in Olympic history to medal at five straight Olympic Games in an individual sport in 2012. After that she became the first female athlete to win an Olympic medal at six consecutive Olympic Games, joining Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler.
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